[R] Installing ncurses3 for R in Linux

Richard A. Bilonick rabil at home.com
Sat May 1 13:35:56 CEST 1999


I've done

rpm -i --force etc.

It gives an error and says that ncurses (not ncurses3) with a version number
like 4.1.2 (I'm away from the machine and working from memory) is already
installed. I've tried -U --force with the same result. I had a similar result
the previous time (before I ended up re-installing RH5.2) but somehow ncurses3
was installed (along with ncurses). When I reinstalled RH5.2 I chose the same
options but obviously something is different.

Would it be safe to remove ncurses and install just ncurses3?

What about re-installing R and ncurses3 from the backup tape? Would that cause
some sort of problem with rpm's database of installed packages?

Before I would be able to compile R I would have to get the c compiler installed
and I'm very short on disk space at the moment.

As to the previous message (not from Peter) about "Who's" instead of "Whose",
let me say I see many more typo's and I don't comment on them. I usually re-read
my messages before sending but it was 1 o'clock in the morning.

Rick Bilonick

Peter Dalgaard BSA wrote:

> Prof Brian D Ripley <ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
> > On Sat, 1 May 1999, Richard A. Bilonick wrote:
> >
> > > Who's bright idea was it to link R and ncurses3?!
> > `Whose', perhaps?
> >
> > Nobody AFAIK. My guess is that you are trying to use a binary distribution
> > of R, and the particular one you have uses ncurses3 (I seem to recall a
> > repsonse here from Martyn Plummer about it).  On Linux we recommend that
> > you compile from source: it is very easy (all of ten minutes on RH5.2 on a
> > PII-300) and will make optimal use of your system. Just one caveat to that:
> > ensure that you have egcs-g77 installed.
> ...or f2c but *not* fort77 for that matter.
> The thing with ncurses3 is that that is what shipped in RH5.0, so for
> a single binary to work for all RH5.x, one can link against that
> one, which is what Martyn does.
> To run the binaries, I think it's sufficient to
> rpm -i /path/to/it/ncurses3-1.9.9e-7.i386.rpm
> on a RH5.2 system. (Perhaps include a --force)
> --
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